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United Airlines orders 50 Airbus aircraft to replace Boeing 757s

New York - United Airlines said Tuesday it had ordered 50 Airbus A321XLR aircraft, worth an estimated $6.5 billion, to replace an existing fleet of aging Boeings.

Plane crashes into homes in east DR Congo city, killing 29

Goma - At least 29 people were killed Sunday when a small plane crashed after takeoff into a densely populated area of the city of Goma in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

British Airways 'welcomes' breakthrough in pilot pay dispute

London - Flagship carrier British Airways on Friday welcomed as a "positive step" a media report that it had reached a pay agreement with its pilots' union following damaging strikes.The airline has agreed to an inflation-proof pay rise of 11.

Putin honours 'hero' pilots for Russian corn field landing

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday bestowed the country's top state honour on two pilots who safely landed a plane carrying more than 230 people in a corn field after a bird strike.

Qantas backs legal action against will.i.am over racism claim

Sydney - Australia's Qantas on Monday rejected accusations of in-flight racism from US performer will.i.am, with the airline saying it would back legal action against the Black Eyed Peas frontman.

Two planes in 'minor' collision at Frankfurt airport

Frankfurt Am Main - An Air Namibia plane collided with a Korean Air jet after landing at Frankfurt airport on Saturday evening, officials said, adding that no one was injured.Both aircraft were damaged in what Air Namibia on Sunday called "a minor accident".

South African Airways cancels flights ahead of strike

Johanesburg - South African Airways (SAA) said Wednesday it was cancelling all its flights as thousands of workers vowed to press ahead with an indefinite strike the following day, after the troubled national carrier announced a major retrenchment plan.

Cat-shaming: Russian loses airline miles over fat pet swap

Moscow - Russia's Aeroflot on Tuesday stripped a passenger of his air miles after he boasted online of sneaking his overweight cat on board by switching him for a slimmer cat during check-in.

Singapore baggage handler jailed for swapping luggage tags

Fpo - A Singaporean baggage handler has been jailed for 20 days for swapping tags on nearly 300 suitcases at the city-state's airport, causing them to end up at wrong destinations around the world.

German cabin crew kick off 'massive' Lufthansa strike

Frankfurt Am Main - Tens of thousands of Lufthansa passengers faced disruptions Thursday as cabin crew in Germany kicked off a "massive" 48-hour walkout in the biggest escalation yet of a bitter row over pay and conditions.

Boeing still hopes 737 Max will fly again this year

New Delhi - A top Boeing executive insisted Wednesday the aviation giant was confident its controversial 737 Max jets could be flying again before the end of the year.

Boeing says up to 50 planes grounded globally over cracks

Sydney - Boeing announced Thursday up to 50 of its popular 737NG planes had been grounded after cracks in them were detected, in another blow to the US aircraft maker following two deadly crashes.

Qantas grounds Boeing 737 plane with crack, inspects others

Sydney - Australian flag carrier Qantas said Thursday it had grounded one Boeing 737NG due to a structural crack, and was urgently inspecting 32 others for the flaw.

Boeing CEO grilled again amid calls for resignation

Washington - Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg faced another round of tough questions on Wednesday, with US lawmakers calling out the aerospace giant for not holding top leaders accountable after two deadly crashes.

Boeing chief faces questions about accountability

Washington - Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg faced another round of tough questions on Wednesday, with lawmakers calling out the aerospace giant for not holding top leaders accountable after two deadly crashes.

Flights to resume at Libya capital's battle-scarred airport

Tripoli - Flights are to resume at Tripoli's Mitiga airport, closed for almost two months after being bombed multiple times in the ongoing battle for the Libyan capital, the unity government said on Tuesday.

US to end scheduled flights to all Cuban airports except Havana

Washington - The United States will suspend all scheduled flights to Cuba except to its capital Havana, authorities said Friday, as US President Donald Trump pushes to dismantle the rapprochement begun by his predecessor Barack Obama.

Boeing design flaw a factor in Lion Air crash: Indonesian probe

Jakarta - A design flaw, inadequate pilot training and poor flight crew performance contributed to a Boeing jet crashing in Indonesia last year, killing all 189 people on board, investigators said Friday, in what one aviation analyst called a "damning" report.

Boeing design flaw a factor in Lion Air crash: Indonesian probe

Jakarta - A design flaw, inadequate pilot training and poor flight crew performance contributed to a Boeing jet crashing in Indonesia last year, killing all 189 people on board, investigators said Friday.

Boeing 737 MAX flight control system key factor in Lion Air crash

Jakarta - Mechanical and design problems with a Boeing 737 MAX flight control system were key factors in the crash of a Lion Air jet last year, Indonesian investigators told victims' families in a briefing on their findings Wednesday.

Boeing flight control system key factor in Lion Air crash: investigators

Jakarta - Mechanical and design problems with a Boeing flight control system were key factors in the crash of a Lion Air plane last year, Indonesian investigators told victims' families in a briefing Wednesday on their findings.

Hover-taxi whizzes over Singapore, firm eyes Asian push

Fpo - A drone-like flying taxi whirred over Singapore's waterfront Tuesday, with the firm behind the test hoping the aircraft will revolutionise travel in traffic-choked Asian cities.

Travelers worry and wait as unrest strands thousands at Chile airport

Santiago - Perched on his large blue suitcase, back against a wall and staring vacantly into space, Henrry Martinez resigned himself to the wait.

US targets Cuba tourism with tighter airline sanctions

Washington - The US moved to further hurt Cuba's vital tourism industry by tightening the ability of the country's airlines to lease aircraft.

Longest non-stop flight to take off from New York to Sydney

Sydney - A plane and its passengers are set to test the mental and physical limits of long-haul aviation when Qantas operates the first direct flight by a commercial airline from New York to Sydney this weekend.

Mexico court lets president's pet airport go ahead

Mexico - A Mexican court decided Wednesday to allow construction to go ahead on a new airport pushed by the president, who is locked in a row with the business community over the project.

Will 737 MAX crisis take down Boeing CEO?

New York - The crisis over the 737 MAX that has tarnished Boeing's image has finally cost Dennis Muilenburg his title as chairman.

EU girds for trade riposte after US ups ante on tariffs

Paris - European nations scrambled Thursday to prepare a response to new US tariffs on billions of dollars' worth of EU goods after Washington got the go-ahead from the World Trade Organization to strike back over state subsidies for planemaker Airbus.

At least seven dead as World War II plane crashes in the US: reports

Hartford - At least seven people were killed when a World War II bomber carrying 13 passengers and crew crashed at an airport in the northeastern US state of Connecticut Wednesday, local media reported.

WTO approves US tariffs worth $7.5 bn on EU goods in Airbus retaliation

Geneva - The World Trade Organization on Wednesday gave Washington the green light to slap annual tariffs on $7.5 billion (6.8 billion euros) worth of EU goods in retaliation for the bloc's illegal support of Airbus.
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